Saturday, April 11, 2009

Congress's Rachana Banerjee against BJD’s Sidhant Mohapatra

Oriya actor-turned-neta rival Sidhant Mohapatra's popularity in villages, Union minister Chandra Sekhar Sahu has roped the former's estranged wife Rachana Banerjee, a filmstar, to canvass for him in Berhampur Lok Sabha constituency. Notwithstanding the fact that the man she had once married is the BJD candidate for the seat, Rachana on Friday hit the campaign trail, seeking votes for the Congress leader in Paralakhemundi in southern Orissa. She is slated to campaign in Berhampur town on Saturday. 

Sidhant, a veteran actor with over 100 films to his credit, and Rachana had been the leading reel Jodi for long. Subsequently, they had tied the knot. They ended their marriage at a family court in Cuttack in 2004. Both have since married again. 

Rachana Banerjee, who has several hits under her belt and featured in the Amitabh Bachchan-starrer Sooryavansam, said, "I am inspired by Sonia Gandhi and have come to seek votes for Sekharbhai. When I offered to come to Berhampur to campaign, only then did I come to know that he (Sidhant) has joined politics and is contesting elections. I wish him the best."  About her past relationship with Sidhant, she said: "It is absolutely my personal matter and has nothing to do with politics." 

Sidhant maintained, "it would not make any difference" to his campaign and said: "She acted in some Oriya movies but is not from Orissa. The Oriya film industry is solidly behind me. Her decision to campaign against me has proved that she has no attachment with Oriya filmdom." He requested scribes not to rake up the past as it now "involved two families' and said, "Who has the time to look at the past. We should think of the present and work for the future." 

Sahu, the Union minister of state for rural development, attempted to sidestep the issue, saying: "Rachana has decided to campaign for the Congress and I welcome her decision. How am I expected to know the personal details of anybody else's life?"  Sahu is locked in a stiff contest with Sidhant to retain his turf, and going by Congress sources, the move to bring Rachana to campaign for the Berhampur MP is intended at warding off Sidhant's star value. 

"Voters in Berhampur attach much importance to cine stars. Hence, the BJD has experimented with Sidhant. Though he is new to politics he is getting good response. Rachana's presence is expected to wrest the initiative from the BJD," a Congress man observed.

Source: TOI

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5 comments:

saroj kumar pradhan said...

sidhanta mohapatra is the best best best best best best best best best best best best best best best best best best best best best best best best best best best best best ..........................................................................................................................................................................MP and also actor he is a lucky man i am proud of my super star sidhanta mohapatra

chandan kumar pradhan said...

i love you my brother
you are a super star
i am proud of you
i am verry verry happy when you joined MP
muna bhai please you come our chiefminister

Chandan said...

SIDHANT IS THE ONLY ONE FOR WHOME I CAN SACRIFICE ANYTHING...HE IS THE ONLY ONE SUPER VERSATILE ROCK STAR...I LOVE LOVE LOVE LOVE LOVE LOVE LOVE LOVE LOVE LOVE LOVE LOVE...............................SIDHANT THE ONLY ONE..............

papu said...

SIDHANT is my favourite star.From my childhood I have been wathing only his film.I cant listen anything wrong about him.The day on which the election results came and i came to know that SIDHANT MOHAPATRA had won,i got a great satisfaction.

Chandan bhaya said...

Hiiii dis iz chandan bhaya,completed mba and now doing job at delhi....i m a big fan of siddhant mohaptra the superstar of ollywood...i love muna bhai more than me